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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

Ban sale of single cigarettes - Government Medical Officers Association

By Manjari Peiris
Collombo, 24 November, (Asiantribune.com):

Sale of single cigarettes will be banned in Sri Lanka soon, Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne said at a meeting held yesterday with the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).

A few months ago the GMOA made a request to President Maitripala Sirisena and Rajitha Senaratne, the Minister of Health to ban sale of single cigarettes. They made this request with 10 proposals to reduce tobacco consumption in the country.

These proposals are in accordance with the guidelines developed by the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Already more than 100 countries have banned sale of single cigarette sales in the world. This initiative helps in discouraging and reducing tobacco consumption, especially among the youth and the poor. However, when banning the sale of single cigarette sales, a government should first introduce a scheme to licencing of cigarette vendors so that if they violate the law, their licence may be cancelled.

Similarly the ban should be not only for sale of single sticks, but also for sale of mini packs. If not the tobacco industry may introduce mini packs so that the youth have more access to them. The minimum number of cigarettes in a packet should be 20 or more.

- Asian Tribune -

Dr.  Rajitha Senaratne
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